Service specific component commands fulfill an important role in training, equipping and resourcing the forces necessary to carry out USSTRATCOM's global missions.
Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC)
Air Force Global Strike Command is a major command with headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. , in the Shreveport - Bossier City community. AFGSC is responsible for the nation's three intercontinental ballistic missile wings, two B-52 Stratofortress wings and the only B-2 Spirit wing. It is the Air Force's newest command, activated Aug. 7, 2009. Its mission is to develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations -- safe, secure, effective -- to support the president of the United States and combatant commanders. Air Force Global Strike Command has two numbered air forces tasked with providing capabilities to the combatant commands.
- Eighth Air Force, with headquarters at Barksdale AFB, La. , supports U.S. Joint Forces Command, and is designated as U.S. Strategic Command's Task Force 204, providing on-alert, combat-ready forces to the president. The mission of "The Mighty Eighth" is to safeguard America's interests through strategic deterrence and global combat power. Eighth Air Force controls long-range nuclear-capable bomber assets throughout the United States and overseas locations. Eighth Air Force has three bomber wings -- the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman AFB, Mo. ; the 2nd Bomb Wing at Barksdale AFB, La. ; and the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot AFB, N.D.
- Twentieth Air Force, with headquarters at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. , also supports U.S. Strategic Command. Twentieth Air Force is responsible for maintaining and operating the Air Force's ICBM force. Designated as STRATCOM's Task Force 214, 20th Air Force provides on-alert, combat-ready ICBMs to the president. Twentieth Air Force has three ICBM wings -- the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. ; the 341st Missile Wing at Malmstrom AFB, Mont. ; and the 91st Missile at Minot AFB, N.D.
U.S. Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT)
U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT), an Army Service Component Command (ASCC), and serves as the ASCC to USSTRATCOM, ARSTRAT conducts space and missile defense operations and provides planning, integration, control and coordination of Army forces and capabilities in support of US Strategic Command missions (Strategic Deterrence, Integrated Missile Defense, Space Operations, and Cyberspace Operations); serves as the Army specified proponent for space, high altitude, and ground-based midcourse defense; serves as the Army operational integrator for global missile defense; and conducts mission-related research and development in support of Army Title 10 responsibilities. The command is headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, AL.
Fleet Forces Command
United States Fleet Forces Command supports both the Chief of Naval Operations and Combatant Commanders worldwide by providing responsive, relevant, sustainable Naval forces ready-for-tasking. The command provides operational and planning support to Combatant Commanders and integrated warfighter capability requirements to the CNO. Additionally, U.S. Fleet Forces Command serves as the CNO's designated Executive Agent for Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection (ATFP), Individual Augmentees (IA), and Sea Basing.
In collaboration with U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. Fleet Forces Command organizes, mans, trains, maintains, and equips Navy forces, develops and submits budgets, and executes readiness and personnel accounts to develop both required and sustainable levels of Fleet readiness. Additionally, the command serves as the unified voice for Fleet training requirements and policies to generate combat-ready Navy forces per the Fleet Response Plan using the Fleet Training Continuum (FTC).
Marine Corps Forces U.S. Strategic Command (MARFORSTRAT)
U.S. Marine Corps Forces, U.S. Strategic Command (MARFORSTRAT) serves as the U. S. Marine Corps service component to the Commander, USSTRATCOM. Headquarters, MARFORSTRAT is collocated with Headquarters, USSTRATCOM and staffed with 10 Marines and 3 civilian employees. LtGen Richard P. Mills assumed command as Commander, U. S. Marine Corps Forces, U. S. Strategic Command on 26 July 2011. He also commands the Marine Corps Combat Development Command from his headquarters based in Quantico, Virginia. Headquarters, MARFORSTRAT is led by the Chief of Staff, a senior Colonel, permanently assigned to Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Headquarters, MARFORSTRAT brings to USSTRATCOM a resident knowledge and access to Marine Corps capabilities that can support all USSTRATCOM mission areas. Particular focus is advising USSTRATCOM, subordinate Joint Force Commanders, functional component and service component commanders on the proper employment of U.S. Marine Corps forces and capabilities. MARFORSTRAT also fulfills the USMC advocacy role for USSTRATCOM.
Air Force Space Command (AFSPC)
Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) provides space and cyberspace forces for USSTRATCOM. AFSPC has two numbered air forces tasked with providing capabilities to the combatant commands.
- Fourteenth Air Force headquartered at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. , is responsible for the organization, training, equipping, command and control, and employment of Air Force space forces to support operational plans and missions for U.S. combatant commanders and air component commanders. AFSPC operates and supports several satellite systems, including the Global Positioning System, Defense Satellite Communications Systems Phase II and III, Defense Meteorological Support Program, Defense Support Program, NATO III and IV communications, Fleet Satellite Communications System UHF follow-on and MILSTAR satellites. AFSPC currently operates the Atlas II, Delta II, Delta IV-heavy, Titan II and Titan IV launch vehicles, among others. This includes all of the nation's primary boosters from the Eastern and Western ranges and range support for the space shuttle. AFSPC operates the nation's primary source of continuous, real-time solar flare warnings. The command also operates a worldwide network of satellite tracking stations to provide communications links to satellites -- a system called the Air Force Satellite Control Network.
- Twenty-fourth Air Force headquartered at Lackland AFB, Texas, extends, operates and defends the Air Force portion of the DoD network and provides full-spectrum capabilities for the Joint warfighter in, through, and from cyberspace. The Secretary of the Air Force established the command to "plan and conduct cyberspace operations in support of the combatant commands and to maintain and defend the Air Force Enterprise Network. " The three subordinate wings of the command have specialized roles in executing the cyberspace missions. The 67th Network Warfare Wing is charged as the Air Force execution element for Air Force network operations and provides full-spectrum capabilities to Air Force, Joint Task Force, and combatant commanders. It operates, manages, and defends global Air Force information networks, and performs electronic systems security assessments for the Air Force and Joint community. The 688th Information Operations Wing delivers proven information operations, engineering and infrastructure capabilities integrated across air, space, and cyberspace. It is responsible for creating the information operations advantage for combat forces through exploring, developing, applying, and transitioning counter information technology, strategy, tactics, and data to control the information battlespace, and it trains personnel in network warfare skills, information operations, and develops initial and mission qualification training for Air Force cyber units. The 689th Combat Communications Wing delivers combat communications for the Joint and coalition warfighter supporting global combat operations and Humanitarian Relief Operations. It delivers, at short notice, modern network and voice communications anywhere in the world, including support of domestic and foreign humanitarian response actions.
(Current as of July 2014)